Nashville Ten., Sep. 11, 1861.
Circular datestamp perfectly struck in blue with matching "Paid" and "10" handstamps on buff cover originating in Confederate-occupied Columbus Kentucky and sent to C.S.A. Vice President Alexander Stephens in Richmond,
carried to Nashville where it entered the C.S.A. mails, back with manuscript "John. G. Burch Columbus Ky., Sept 9th 1861 - Desires a change of position in the Army"
, missing backflap as usual with Stephens covers, Extremely Fine, ex Felton, Kentucky proclaimed its policy of neutrality on May 20, 1861, but the pro-Confederate and pro-Union citizens within the state were wary of an invasion force throughout the summer months, with each side accusing the other of breaching neutrality, finally, to preempt a Federal occupation of Columbus, General Leonidas Polk ordered General Gideon Pillow to move on Sep. 3 on Hickman and Columbus
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